On February 24th, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) revealed the highly-anticipated fate of the Innovation Center’s (CMMI) Direct Contracting model options, announcing a redesign of the Global Professional Direct Contracting (GPDC) Model and the permanent cancellation of the Geographic Direct Contracting (“Geo”) Model. The revamped and rebranded GPDC model—now called Accountable Care Organization Realizing Equity, Access, and Community Health (ACO REACH)— aims to better reflect the agency’s vision and Administration’s priorities for system transformation. The new ACO REACH model has incorporated stakeholder feedback to alleviate the concerns of GPDC’s critics while maintaining the key features of the model and building on the momentum of the accountable care movement. ACO REACH also adds in exciting new components aimed at closing health equity gaps in keeping with the Innovation Center’s Ten Year Plan released late in 2021.
This special podcast episode offers a short background on the model’s history and recent controversies leading up to the announcement, summarizes the major provisions of the new ACO REACH Model, outlining the key changes from the GPDC design, and considers potential implications for the Direct Contracting Entities (DCEs) currently participating in the GPDC model as well as the broader value movement.
Joining this week we have two leading strategists in value-based care, Joe Satorius and Rick Goddard. They come to us from Lumeris – an accountable care delivery innovation company that enables health systems to deliver value-based care through advanced technology, risk-management, and outcome-based managed services.